Simon Sherry

Professor and Director of Clinical Training

SSherry

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Research Website

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience , Department of Psychiatry

Email: Simon.Sherry@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-7719
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 1355 Oxford Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
 
Research Topics:
  • Clinical psychology
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Personality
  • Perfectionism
  • Psychopathology
  • Suicide
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol problems

Education

BA Honours (York University)
MA (University of British Columbia)
PhD (University of Saskatchewan)

Research Interests

Dr. Simon Sherry directs Dalhousie University’s Personality Research Team. Dr. Sherry and his team are responsible for making critical advancements in our understanding of the link between personality and mental health; in particular, they have clarified the contribution of perfectionism to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship problems, and suicide. Dr. Sherry also researches alcohol problems.

In his clinical practice, Dr. Simon Sherry treats and assesses various problems in both individuals and couples. He specializes in treating and assessing perfectionism, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and personality disorders. Dr. Sherry is also a strong advocate for the science and the practice of clinical psychology. He regularly works with the media as part of his goal to educate the public about mental health problems in a scientific, non-sensationalized way.

Selected Publications

• Smith, M. M., Sherry, S. B., Chen, S., Saklofske, D. H., Mushquash, C. J., Flett, G. L., & Hewitt, P. L. (2018). The perniciousness of perfectionism: A meta-analytic review of the perfectionism-suicide relationship. Journal of Personality, 86, 522-542.
• Bartel, S. J., Sherry, S. B., Molnar, D. S., Mushquash, A. R., Leonard, K. E., Flett, G. L., & Stewart, S. H. (2017). Do romantic partners influence each other’s heavy episodic drinking? Support for the partner influence hypothesis in a 3-year longitudinal study. Addictive Behaviors, 69, 55-58.
• Smith, M. M., Sherry, S. B., Rnica, K., Saklofske, D. H., Enns, M. W., & Gralnick, T. M. (2016). Are perfectionism dimensions vulnerability factors for depressive symptoms after controlling for neuroticism? A meta-analysis of 10 longitudinal studies. European Journal of Personality, 30, 201-212.
• Nealis, L. J., Sherry, S. B., MacNeil, M. A., Sherry, D. L., & Stewart, S. H. (2015). Toward a better understanding of narcissistic perfectionism: Evidence of factorial validity, incremental validity, and mediating mechanisms. Journal of Research in Personality, 57, 11-25.
• Sherry, S. B., Richards, J. E., Sherry, D. L., & Stewart, S. H. (2014). Self-critical perfectionism is a vulnerability factor for depression but not anxiety: A 12-month, 3-wave, longitudinal study. Journal of Research in Personality, 52, 1-5.

Awards and Honours

•Dalhousie University's Faculty of Science Killam Prize
•Clinical Section of the Canadian Psychological Association: Scientist-Practitioner Early Career Award
•Discovery Centre’s Emerging Professional of Distinction Award
•H. J. Eysenck Memorial Fund Award
•Canadian Psychological Association: President’s New Researcher Award